Giancarlo Fassina was born in Milan in 1935 and spent most of his life in this city in northern Italy. After finishing school, Fassina studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. Then, he turned to industrial design and worked in various fields before he finally dedicated himself to designing light fixtures.
Together with Michele de Lucchi Fassina developed the world famous Tolomeo series for Artemide and was awarded the coveted Compasso d’Oro for it. He also designs light installations for museums. This field of work combines the designing of light fixtures and stylish space planning to produce a unique atmosphere, related with each exhibition's theme.
The light fixtures by Giancarlo Fassina have been manufactured in collaboration with renowned manufacturers, such as Luceplan and Artemide. His most famous work is the Tolomeo collection, the task light equipped with a spring system which offers flexibly positioned light. Today this successful collection comprises various desk lamps, floor lamps, wall lamps and ceiling lamps, as well as exterior lights for the terrace and balcony.